‘No shortage. 43 million doses in pipeline’, says Harsh Vardhan

After many states complained about Covid-19 vaccine scarcity amidst large soar in variety of coronavirus infections, the Union Well being Minister Harsh Vardhan on Thursday assures that the nation has greater than 43 million COVID-19 vaccine doses in inventory or within the pipeline.

At the moment witnessing the second wave of COVID-19, India on Wednesday reported greater than 1.2 lakh new infections, the very best single-day spike ever because the pandemic began. Amidst this rise a number of states together with Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Odisha, Andhra Pradesh, and Jharkhand, declare that they’re going through coronavirus vaccine scarcity.

Demanding 40 lakh doses each week from the Centre, Maharashtra Well being Minister Rajesh Tope on Thursday stated, “I’ve simply been knowledgeable that the Centre elevated COVID-19 vaccine doses from seven lakhs to 17 lakhs. Even that is much less as a result of we’d like 40 lakh vaccine doses per week and 17 lakh doses will not be sufficient.”

As per an ANI report, he additional stated that in accordance with the most recent launch order of vaccines by the Centre, Maharashtra was solely given 7.5 lakh vaccine dosages. Whereas Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Haryana have been given way more vaccines than Maharashtra.

In the meantime, Jharkhand Well being Minister Banna Gupta identified the state is left with vaccine inventory for under a few days. “We’ve got inventory for the following 1-2 days. We’ve got made a request to the Union Residence Minister and I’m hopeful that he’ll present us the vaccine,” Gupta stated.

In Andhra Pradesh, an identical scenario is being witnessed as the present inventory of Covid-19 vaccination is predicted to final for a few days solely. The well being division officers knowledgeable Chief Minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy that solely three lakh doses of coronavirus vaccine can be found within the state as of Thursday.

Following such claims, Harsh Vardhan took to Twitter Thursday to say, “Let’s put an finish to concern mongering now!”

“The place does query of shortages come up? We’re constantly monitoring & enhancing provide,” he added.

In a strongly worded message, the Union Well being Ministry criticised Maharashtra authorities and another states, accusing them of attempting to cowl their “failures” in containing the pandemic by making “deplorable” makes an attempt by way of “irresponsible” statements to distract consideration and spreading panic amongst individuals.

He stated, “The shortcoming of the Maharashtra authorities to behave responsibly is past comprehension. To unfold panic among the many individuals is to compound the folly additional. Vaccine provides are being monitored on a real-time foundation, and state governments are being apprised often about it. Allegations of vaccine scarcity are totally baseless.”

Noting that Maharashtra’s “testing is just not on top of things and their contact tracing leaves loads to be desired”, the Union minister stated statements made by public representatives within the state concerning the scarcity of vaccines have been “nothing however an try and divert consideration from repeated failures to regulate the unfold of pandemic.”

India has thus far administered greater than 90 million doses. The Union Well being Ministry on Thursday stated that cumulatively 9,01,98,673 vaccine doses have been administered by way of 13,77,304 periods, as per the provisional report until 7 am right this moment. Almost 30 lakh vaccination doses have been administered within the final 24 hours. Eight states account for 60 per cent of the whole doses given thus far within the nation.

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